Thursday, August 6, 2009

We're hearing from consumers...

It's no surprise in these tough times that the number one caller topic to our Insurance Consumer Hotline is people losing their health insurance. Often it's because they've lost their jobs. But here's a new consumer concern popping up on the hotline: Employers who are cancelling health insurance -- or failing to pay the premiums -- and not notifying their workers they no longer have coverage.

Have a problem with your insurance or need help finding coverage? Call our Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-562-6900. Real people actually answer our phones!

Suggestions for Washingtonians who cannot afford health coverage for their kids...

If you can't afford to buy health insurance for your children, there are several low-cost options in Washington state that may be able to help.

A program called Apple Health for Kids, for example, provides state-subsidized coverage and is free to children in families living on less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. (For a family of three, that's less than $3,052 per month.)

For more information on this and other resources, including a programs for pregnant women and parents of new babies, click here.